Mike Steele (minors02)
Michael L. Steele
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 200 lb.
- Schools St. Clair County Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Central Michigan University
- Born August 22, 1978 in Midland, MI USA
Mike Steele became a minor league coach in 2008.
Mike went 8-1 with a 3.82 ERA as a senior in college. He struck out 91 in 78 innings, 8 behind Mid-American Conference leader Bryan Bullington. Steele was one win behind Bullington, the MAC leader. Steele was picked by the Detroit Tigers in the 29th round of the Detroit Tigers of the 2000 amateur draft. He debuted with the Oneonta Tigers, going 2-1 with 9 saves and a 2.70 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings. In 2001, Steele dazzled with the West Michigan Whitecaps, with a 4-3 record, 19 saves, 78 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings and just 23 hits allowed. Moved up to the Lakeland Tigers, Steele went 0-1 with 4 saves and a 3.86 ERA in 15 outings. Steele was injured, though, derailing his career. He had Tommy John surgery and missed all of the 2002 season.
The Seattle Mariners picked him in the minor league phase of the 2002 Rule V Draft. He spent his next three seasons with the Inland Empire 66ers. In 2003, he was 2-2 with 16 saves and a 2.56 ERA and 16 saves in 33 games. The next year, Mike's ERA rose to 5.17 in 20 games and he had a rehab stint with the AZL Mariners as well. In 2005, Steele went 4-5 with two saves and a 4.41 ERA to conclude his minor league career.
Steele became pitching coach at Michigan State University in 2006 and held that role in 2007 as well. In May of 2008, he was hired as pitching coach for the Lynchburg Hillcats, replacing the departed Bob Milacki. He remained with the Pittsburgh Pirates chain in 2009-2010 as pitching coach of the State College Spikes. Steele moved to the Bradenton Marauders in 2011-2012 and Jamestwon Jammers in 2013. He then was a Pirates scout, signing Cole Tucker.
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